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American Greetings Corporation
Cleveland, OH
1905 - Current

History

 

The American Greeting Corporation was founded in 1905 by a young Polish immigrant named Jacob Sapirstein.  They began by selling postcards and quickly expanded to greeting cards; their main business product even today.  By the late 1960s they began licensing characters.  The first was Holly Hobbie which by the late 1970s was developed into various crayon products.  Later, in the early 2000s, American Greeting introduced their own line of inexpensive crayons called “Write-On”.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

How We Grow Jumbo

AGC0001

TBH

6

6

Yellow

Smile Window

Bug lower left

2003-2005

3

$2

Holly Hobbie Color and Play

AGC0003

TBT

8

8

Brown

Mock Window

Holly on front

Late 1970s

7

$10

Write-On

AGC0002

TBH

8

8

Yellow

Smile Window

Bug lower left

2005

2

$2

Write-On

AGC0004

TBH

8

8

Black

Mock Window

All text

2006

2

$2

Write-On

AGC0005

TBH

8

8

Black

Mock Window

Turtle

2007-2008

2

$2

 

Photos

 

 

Here We Grow Jumbo - 6 colors.jpg

 

 

Write-On - 8 colors

 

 

Holly Hobbie Color n' Play - 8 colors

 

Write-On (black w French) - 8 colors

 

Write-On (black w turtle) - 8 colors

AGC0001

AGP0002

AGP0003

AGP0004

AGP0005